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Study: Only 47% of Republicans Think Global Warming Is Happening

Researchers say the results are "not a surprise" and reflect a growing divide first noticed in 1997

Nov 2, 2010

Bipartisan congressional action on curbing heat-trapping gases is still a possibility, Leiserowitz said, but language matters. Legislators have to avoid now-toxic terms such as "cap-and-trade system." Instead, they need to draw on words that can unite sparring forces around the more neutral-sounding “energy legislation” because everybody is on board with catch phrases such as "energy independence" and "national security."

“It isn’t a lost cause,” he concluded about prospects for Congress. “It hasn’t become as polarized as gay marriage. There’s still a way forward. We’ll know more come Tuesday.”

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38% is not "most"

The headline on climatenews.com says "Most Republicans Don't Think Global Warming Is Happening". Please note that 38% is not "most".

Yes, but 53% is Most

47% of Republicans do indeed think global warming is happening.....that leaves "most" in another camp.

I wish I could be more

I wish I could be more hopeful, but I'm not.

American voters are fickle and gullible, especially in hard times.

What we need are efforts similar to what we did to win WWII... and in order to get Americans on board we needed a Pearl Harbor.  A "black swan event". Katrine times 10, or 100.

AGW has taken a long walk off a short peer

The environmental left for political reasons had to make the industrial gas CO2 has the main culprit causing the AGW scam.  The only problem was CO2 is a trace gas in the atmosphere and they had to "cook the books" to make it happen.  HELLO CLIMATEGATE.  Since the release of the emails and the scrutiny of the data from outside scientists belief in the AGW/IPCC data has collasped faster than al gore can side step a debate.  This is just another in a series of leftist induced catastrophies that fall apart as soon as they are investigated by outside sources.  Political, you bet.

"global warming"

   The results of this poll might depend to some extent on exactly how the question is actually worded....I'm a lifelong Republican...very conservative in fact....and I don't doubt that the earth continues to warm...as it has gradually since the end of the last ice age...and since the end of the 'Little Ice Age' about 150 yrs ago...but if one discounts the 'urban heat island' effect..which has been a known phenomenon for about 200 yrs....then virtually ALL of the alleged measured warming for the last century or so....can be attributed to purely natural means...that is to say that human generated carbon dioxide does NOT 'drive' "global warming"....in fact,at present,it is scientifically impossible to determine how much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is generated by natural means and how much by humans...so when somebody like anAL GOREtentive tries to claim that most carbon dioxide is human generated and is wht driving force behind 'global warming'then he is either profoundly ignorant of what constitutes true climate science,or he is fundamentally dishonest....either way,those who truly believe that "global warming" is caused by humans,ought to do the rest of us who don't,a favor....sell their cars and kill themselves...end of problem

The Time for Public Opinion is Over

It's time for public discussion to end.  The abolition of private property should be enacted by the next congress - trust me, if's for the best.  We did it right in 1917 - my Great Grandfather had a way of dealing with those 7 Million Ukrainians, they didn't want to go along with the program either and this is the exact course of action for dealing with people who go along with the program now.  Sure, we all know that "climate change" is just the vehicle for World Communism but so what?  The cult of personality must be crushed.



I saw another poll that put the gap between the two parties further apart. This same study also measure other factors, such as off shore oil drilling. Polls are always interesting. I wonder how different the results would have been if they used the words "climate change" instead of "global warming"

Not cute...

I am bothered greatly by this.

Politicians really slime up government just at a time when it is needed most.   This is a return to the flat earth thinking of thousands of years ago.  What kind of Kool Aid are they drinking?

There are only a few ways to interpret this:  Either humans are too easily duped by sociopathic predation, or  ... well I guess that is it.  

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